Ya gotta love this Red Wing City Council! I guess we are all free to speculate about what was discussed at the closed session on the rental inspection code.
What you didn’t get to hear was possibly a discussion of whether the City could be on the hook for the Plaintiff’s attorneys fees if the City loses. How much might that be? Well the City has incurred about $600,000 in fees and costs, for which they are responsible for about $200,000, insurance paid the rest. The City now will pay 40% of fees going forward. So, even if the Institute of Justice’s fees are only 1/2 that of what’s been spent on the City side, we, the taxpayers, could be on the hook for additional $300,000. Add that to how much we are already out, and additional fees going forward, we may be looking at possible exposure of fees and costs approaching $1,000,000. For what? This is an ego-driven train wreck.
How many more police officers get cut when the bill comes due? Or, just jack up your taxes more.
Credit is due to Carol Duff, John Howe, and Lisa Bayley for trying to open up discussions. Keep pushing, and push harder. The rest couldn’t wait to draw the curtains, shut off the cameras, and lock the doors.